Main definitions of tingle in English

: tingle1tingle2

tingle1

verb

  • Experience or cause to experience a slight prickling or stinging sensation.

    no object ‘she was tingling with excitement’
    with object ‘a standing ovation that tingled your spine’
    • ‘She felt the corner of her eyes prickle and her nose tingled as tiny tears slipped down her cheek, mingling with the blood.’
    • ‘He smiled and slowly sat up, his muscles aching and his body tingling.’
    • ‘His body started tingling, and a blue aura surrounded him.’
    • ‘I knew Seth wasn't jealous or anything but my stomach tingled at the slightest possibility that he was.’
    • ‘Sitting there with my body tingling with some unknown force, a force which I have some amount of control over, is quite a rush.’
    • ‘I wasn't breathing; my whole body was tingling and trembling and I felt as though I was shaking when the ground beneath us was still.’
    • ‘My heart was about to jump out of my chest and my body was tingling.’
    • ‘Melissa could feel her blood tingling in her body as she tried to walk away ignoring what she heard.’
    • ‘Her body was tingling every time she could feel his touch.’
    • ‘His body was tingling, and he felt very strong and refreshed.’
    • ‘And now my body was tingling again, only this time I really did feel uncomfortable.’
    • ‘It felt as though her entire body was tingling from it.’
    • ‘Her whole body was tingling with the words he was speaking with such passion, such fierce emotions.’
    • ‘Her face was flaming but her body was still tingling with awareness.’
    • ‘Here I felt warm and my body was literally tingling all over from the sensation.’
    • ‘My eyes drooped, my mouth tingled, and my body was numb.’
    • ‘Suddenly, Jerry's spine tingled, as a slight breeze washed over him.’
    • ‘Her blood ran ice cold, her body started tingling, and the pain came.’
    • ‘His soft cheek brushed against my skin and my whole body started tingling.’
    • ‘I could feel my whole body tingling with anxiety, something I'd never felt around him before, as he helped me out of the car and then into his Jeep.’
    prickle, sting, smart, prick, itch, be itchy, be irritated, have a creeping sensation, have goose pimples, have gooseflesh, have pins and needles
    tremble, quiver, quaver, shiver, quake, twitch, wiggle, throb, shudder, pulsate, vibrate
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noun

  • A slight prickling or stinging sensation.

    ‘a tingle of anticipation’
    • ‘He felt a slight tingle in his right shoulder as he made impact, but it went away in a flash.’
    • ‘A strong cup of coffee gives me a stronger tingle.’
    • ‘This is a sight not often seen on concert stages around here, and it sent an extra tingle of anticipation up one's spine.’
    • ‘The tiniest tingle of tension creeps between her shoulders.’
    • ‘The prickling on her skin had faded to a dull tingle.’
    • ‘A slight tingle filled her hands as she held the vessel and she could feel her anxiety pass into nothingness.’
    • ‘At the moment, all she felt was a slight tingle on the surface of her skin.’
    • ‘Reading these words, this reviewer felt a tingle of joyful anticipation.’
    • ‘At most, such discharges may cause a slight tingle in the skin of those touching the patient at the time.’
    • ‘As soon as the awe subsides, slightly, the tingle in the back of my neck begins…’
    • ‘But for some things, orderliness and logic give me an aesthetic tingle on a par with a beautifully crafted film or a garden that just works.’
    • ‘There was another long pause before he continued, during which Faith felt both tingles of anticipation and dread.’
    • ‘I sucked in air, feeling goosebumps and tingles erupt all over my skin.’
    • ‘Drag your hand across the pennies and feel the tingle.’
    • ‘It's very hard to describe my feelings in the short time before the next delivery - an all-over tingle is about the best I can manage.’
    • ‘A tingle tugged at the back of his mind, a slight buzz that most would probably never pay any notice.’
    • ‘But if I had so much as a tingle of buyer's remorse it has faded in the face of several joyous afternoons of camera play.’
    • ‘I couldn't resist a tingle of anticipation at Chelsea's reaction.’
    • ‘She felt a stinging sensation, and then felt a warm tingle fill her.’
    • ‘Back then there was a tingle of anticipation: everybody had been away for the summer holidays, people looked a bit older, a bit wiser.’
    prickling, tingling, sting, stinging, smart, smarting, pricking, itch, creeping sensation, goose pimples, gooseflesh, pins and needles
    tremor, wave, rush, surge, flash, flush, blaze, stab, dart, throb, tremble, quiver, shiver, flutter, shudder, vibration
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Origin

Late Middle English: perhaps a variant of tinkle. The original notion was perhaps ‘ring in response to a loud noise’, but the term was very early applied to the result of hearing something shocking.

Pronunciation

tingle

/ˈtɪŋɡ(ə)l/

Main definitions of tingle in English

: tingle1tingle2

tingle2

noun

  • An S-shaped metal clip used to support heavy panes of glass or slates on a roof.

Origin

Middle English (denoting a small tack): related to Middle High German zingel ‘small tack or hook’, probably from a Germanic base meaning ‘fasten’. The current sense dates from the late 19th century.

Pronunciation

tingle

/ˈtɪŋɡ(ə)l/